Exciting times for us at The Smart Actuator Company as we gear up to go to Valve World in Dusseldorf later this month. We are all busy getting brochures & stand graphics etc ready as well as ensuring the invitations go out to our Launch Reception on Nov 30th.
One of the other things that is getting exhibition ready is our Sub Sea Actuator. We have created a purpose built display to show it working in water inside a fish tank. It is mounted on a KSB Boax B Butterfly Valve. Our stand graphics will show the Sub Sea Unit too which is very exciting. They are being created specially for Valve World.
Moving day is coming for the Smart Actuator Company. The factory space is being prepared. Floors sealed and painted and benching built for production. It is certainly all starting to come together which is great news for the business and all the staff. Exciting times indeed.
We have been listed as a Finalist for Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber Business Awards 2016 in the category for Best Use of Technology. It’s great to see our company continue on its mission to introduce our world beating technology to the world. We are all very proud of the technology behind the Rift Driven electric motor and it’s application within the Smart Part Turn or Multi Turn Electric Actuator.
The whole team will be attending the awards ceremony so we have a table of 10 for the team. New suits / dresses and all dressed up we all hope that it will be another celebration night for us on our journey with this company. To be honest being a finalist is an accolade of it’s own and we will enjoy the ceremony anyway – but secretly we will be hoping to win of course. The ceremony is 9th June so wish us luck.
We took time out this week to attend two seminars with Santander Bank. Always looking for ways to expand our business knowledge it was #interesting and worthwhile to attend the Twitter Masterclass with guest speaker from twitter UK. Then the next day a talk about achieving sustainable and profitable growth in business. We aim to grow and expand in the future are realise that knowledge is one of the key’s to success.
Using Social Media within business is a relatively new thing but increasingly it is becoming a great way to gain contacts, knowledge and inform our customers and partners about our business. So now we have had our Masterclass and know all about #hashtags and @handles watch out for all our informative tweets.
We are going to add some Infographics to our site. Information in graphic form that will help people to understand what we do. We are currently researching great graphics to show Engineering and Valve operation through time. Actually it’s quite good fun for someone who isn’t an engineer by trade (unless you count computer engineering) to learn more about this business and where we at SACO fit into it. I am learning a lot about the world of valves and finding some great graphics of historical Valve Operation as well as modern. So watch this space.
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Horizon 2020 Phase 2 Success for RIFT and Smart Actuator Company
The Smart Actuator Company and Rift Technology hit the news when the phase 2 for Horizon 2020 application was successfully approved.
“A new type of electric motor designed in a garage in Malvern Wells could soon change the world.
The Smart Actuator Company, a family business run by Tony O’Donnell his wife Chris and their son James, has just been awarded a €2.5 million grant – about £1,798,000 – to take their business to the next level.
The company’s products use a new type of electric motor developed by James O’Donnell in the garage of the family home at Assarts Lane, which is cheap to make and uses much less energy.
Potential applications include electric cars several times more efficient than at present, and tiny wind turbines for individual houses to supply much needed electricity in developing nations.
Tony O’Donnell, 67, the company chairman said “It was our son James who designed the new technology, which we’re calling Rift.”
“Essentially, it’s a way to combine several small electric motors around a central shaft to reproduce the power of a single large motor at a fraction of the cost.”
The company has the support of the government agency UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), and has just received the grant from the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding project.
The company makes valve actuators using the new technology, but Mr O’Donnell says there are plenty of further applications with 185 listed on the patent application.
“It will make possible electric cars more efficient by a factor of two or three, and domestic wind turbines the size of a satellite dish that can generate enough electricity for a house.”
“That will be the real game changer for people living in poor countries where there is no electricity supply or the supply is unreliable. ”
“It will give them the ability to generate their own electricity to light their homes, run a refrigerator or charge a mobile phone or laptop. We visited South Africa with UKTI and there are plenty of people who will benefit from this. ”
Mr O’Donnell said that the business was formed in 2010. The family has invested £1 million in it, and the compoany started selling it’s first product last year.
He said: “The EU grant will enable us to take our business to the next level. We should be able to increase the number of our employees from eight to about 15 over the next couple of years. ”
But he said the company is looking to license the technology to other manufacturers which will bring it out into the world.
He said “This is something that will change the lives of lots of people all over the world”
The O’Donnell family run a successful company, BITS Computers and Mrs O’Donnell is a parish and district councillor for the Wells.
The article was written by Robert Hale for the Malvern Gazette.
Meeting at the BVAA Spring Conference leads to successful bid.
An article in the BVAA Winter 2014 Magazine highlighted just how great business networking can be. The Leap team at Pera Technology joined forces with us to enable an application to be submitted to the European Union for grant funding.
We at SACO celebrated when we discovered that from over 2200 applicants we were one of only 155 companies to be successful.
This award will enable the expansion of our product range and market penetration across the world.